On Friday May 28, 2021, Shree Swaminarayan Temple New Jersey celebrated Ved Ratna Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj's Sadbhav Parva and 79th Manifestation Day with a small but heartfelt ceremony that was broadcasted live online for disciples throughout North America to watch remotely. During this ceremony, disciples had the divine darshan of Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree's beautiful new murti for the first time. Decorations were arranged, and disciples prepared delicious cakes to offer to Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree. After sandhya aarti niyams, disciples performed poojan to Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree's murti. Following the poojan, disciples performed kirtan-bhakti and watched a highlight video of Acharya Swamishree's Sadbhav Amrut Parva (75th Manifestation Day) celebrations from all across the globe. After this video, which brought back so many divine, loving memories of our beloved Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree, our Prem Murti Bapa, disciples listened to divine ashirwad from Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree as well as Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj. Mahaprasad was available to all in attendance after the celebrations were over.
On Saturday, June 05, 2021, the celebrations continued. Shree Swaminarayan Temple New Jersey hosted Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree's Prem Pushpanjali celebration in Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Hall. This was the first in-person event held at the temple, since pausing in-person gatherings in April 2020. Disciples from New Jersey and surrounding areas were welcomed back to the temple to celebrate a very dear and important day. This ceremony was much more than just a celebration of Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree's 79th Manifestation Day; it was also an introduction of Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree's beautiful divine murti at the Secaucus temple. In addition to this event being monumental for the Secaucus temple and its congregation, the celebration was broadcasted live for all international disciples to view and to partake in the ceremony from their homes. Throughout the entire event, one clearly remembered our beloved Prem Murti Bapa and recalled all the love, blessings, and teachings He showered upon us over the years. Disciples felt in their hearts the gratefulness for everything He had Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan and His beloved sants and disciples, and they felt immense love in their hearts and souls.
The impact Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree has left behind was clearly evident - all the way from the birthday cards made by younger disciples that were put on display, to the heartfelt speeches from older disciples recounting their memories and lessons from Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree. The ceremony proceeded with an amazing video of Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree's innumerable accomplishments and many vicharans in North America - from the first time He came to North America with Swamibapa in 1970 to His last visit to North America in 2019. Disciples also compiled a video of them sharing Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree's impact on their lives and what He had taught them over the years, expressing their love for our beloved Prem Murti Bapa. Following these beautiful video presentations, disciples began a bhakti sangeet performance that captivated the disciples in attendance. Afterwards, disciples all performed aarti of Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree's murti and took turns offering sweets to Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree to celebrate His 79th Manifestation Day. Mahaprasad was served outside to disciples in attendance after the ceremony concluded.